Wattage Per Household Appliance

A sample of wattages required by typical household appliances and tools.

| January/February 2009


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Choosing the Right Generator  

To choose the right generator, you need to accurately estimate your power requirements. Here’s a sample of wattages required by typical household appliances and tools. Start-up figures are momentary, they occur for a few seconds when a motor is switched on. (To find power ratings for your tools and appliances, check their manuals or read the information stamped on the device.)

Appliance                                   Start-up Watts          Operating Watts

Furnace fan                                 1,400                        700



Well pump (½ horsepower)         1,500                        750

Refrigerator                                 1,500                        800





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